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  • Tabelog spurs fights over food in japan
  • Tabelog spurs fights over food in japan
    Ryosuke Yagi (2012) ©

Tabelog spurs fights over food in japan

“Forgettable” is hardly a report people want to hear from reviews of a $250 meal from a Michelin-starred restaurant, but thanks to the wild west world of online reviews, no kitchen is safe. In Japan restaurateurs are furious, as negative reviews take knock-on effects for their businesses.



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